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PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET CELEBRATES ITS 40th ANNIVERSARY!

 

August 16, 2012



EVENING GALA, “THE DREAM CONTINUES,” KICKS OFF THE SEASON WITH SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE OF “CIRCUS POLKA” ON OPENING NIGHT.

PERFORMANCES DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF DESIGNER MARTIN PAKLEDINAZ.

September 21-30, 2012

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

September 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm

September 27-29 at 7:30 pm

September 22, 29 & 30 at 1:00 pm

SEATTLE, WA – To launch the 40th Anniversary Season and honor Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s wondrous Cinderella returns to McCaw Hall for eight performances, September 21-30, 2012. Choreographer Stowell conjures rare enchantment from this best-loved tale by recalling Cinderella’s long-lost mother in a tender memory scene and then returning her in the guise of Fairy Godmother. As if stepping between the pages of a beloved story book, the ballet’s breathtaking beauty, in union with Prokofiev’s evocative score, vividly illustrates the familiar narrative and supports a rich array of character roles—from silly step-sisters to tiny dancing pumpkins to a gentle, handsome prince. And when her ivory carriage rolls to a stop at the entrance to a magnificent golden ballroom and Cinderella takes her first, shy steps into the midst of swirling, scarlet-clad dancers, all hearts go with her into this dream come true.

Opening night of Cinderella will feature an added treat: A one-night-only performance of Stravinsky’s charming Circus Polka, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with a special guest Ringmaster, former PNB principal dancer Patricia Barker. PNB's 40th Anniversary kick-off continues well into the night with the 2012–2013 Season Opening Gala: The Dream Continues — a festive evening of dining, music, and dance. (Gala tickets are sold separately; for more information, please see the Special Events section below).

The run of Cinderella will be dedicated to the memory of designer Martin Pakledinaz, who passed away recently. “It is Marty’s costumes that stay with us long after the clock strikes twelve,” said PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal. “Marty was a gift to the worlds of ballet, opera, theater and film. He was the palette and the passion behind several PNB productions, including Francia Russell’s acclaimed 1997 staging of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The beauty of Cinderella will be a stunning and powerful tribute to this extraordinary designer and friend to PNB.” Several costumes which Mr. Pakledinaz designed for PNB’s repertory will be on display at McCaw Hall during the run of Cinderella.

Cinderella runs from September 21 through 30, 2012 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets to all performances start at $28 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at http://www.pnb.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street.

 

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